When it’s Super Bowl Sunday in Toronto, you need three things: screens, drinks, and snacks. You and your friends know that a great view of the game is second only to a top-notch menu. This isn’t the time to nibble on kale salad or pick at fresh fruit: It’s the Super Bowl, and you need the greasiest dishes around. Here are the top Super Bowl snacks at Toronto pubs to keep you full while you’re watching some football.
The Dock Ellis
Walk into The Dock Ellis in the heart of Little Portugal, and you’ll immediately be transported back to the ’70s – low lighting, wooden tables, and a no-frills bar that keeps the drinks flowing. More importantly, the grand slam on their menu includes jalapeno cornbread, house-made chocolate bars, and pork riblets. Hunker down in some old armchairs with your buddies and watch the game from one of the many TVs and projectors. Get a basket or two of their prehistorically large brined & fried chicken wings and some wonton nachos, bedecked in house chorizo. Chow down, and if your favorite team makes a great play, you can reenact it on the Foosball table.
This is the ultimate spot for group-watching sports games. The decor at Real Sports is HD TVs… and that’s pretty much it. With 199 screens, and plenty of seating to view them from, there’s room for little else. Especially when you factor in the Hail Mary steak challenge. If you finish the 67-ounce Canadian AAA roasted ribeye (imagine eating an entire pot roast) in one hour, it’s free. But just wait a second: The meal includes one pound of house-cut fries and one pound of creamy coleslaw. If you cop out, it will cost you $80. Plus, you’d be diverting attention from the big game. But if you think you can do it…
Looking for a more upscale option? The special Super Bowl menu at THR&Co. features ancho-braised beef cheek tacos, grilled sweet & sour pork ribs, and nachos. This won’t be your ordinary game-night fare. THR&Co. has the ability to turn something simple like nachos into a four-star experience. Slide into a shiny red banquette, place your napkin in your lap, and drink your $5 Budweiser with your pinkie out.
Boots & Bourbon
As the game plays on the big screens, and country music plays in the background, take a deep dive into the Southern-inspired menu. Whether it’s deep-fried pickles, Baja fish tacos, or big mac cheese chip & dip, every dish at Boots & Bourbon will satisfy your snack tooth. Don’t skip over the dessert menu, either. Stay awhile at the bright, cheery, checker-floored haven and sink your teeth into the apple bourbon doughnuts: soft pillows of sweet and rich pastry. And when your team scores that winning touchdown, you can ride the mechanical bull in their honor. Yee-haw.